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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Oct 11, 2011 3:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big Boy Pete

Check out the original version by The Olympics . Its pretty hip . I sorta think Jim Croce was thinking of this when with "Leroy Brown" .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgJVBAvqzZo

Also there is a far better ( on MUCH more often played ) know song that originated with The Olympics ( and also the big hit cover by the Rascals ).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFj-I16SQ2Y&;feature=related

And A one off, sung bye Weir , at that fun Melk Weg show .
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-10-16.sbd.miller.110351.flac16
"The Hully Gully" , also comes from The Olympics .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fMlfXmHsb4&;feature=related

Yes, the Dead's versions, especially the early ones, are a hoot . Wish they would have done it more .

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Oct 12, 2011 1:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big Boy Pete

Nice history lesson. I am always interested in learning more about the origins of all that stuff. And not just the songs the Dead covered, but the whole ball game. Those early 60's singles are fun and sure reminded me of the days my parents were teens, the days of American Graffiti - a masterpiece of cinema that really brought forward a time and feeling. Also inspired tv show Happy Days, I believe

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Oct 12, 2011 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big Boy Pete

I have found a lot of great and interesting music just following the path from the Dead's covers . That early 60's period has much more going on, in all kinds of music , than what used to be the standard line from the Rock history people, who used to view the post-Elvis in the army, pre-Beatles period as a wasteland .
When the Dead covered some of these songs, they were not often all that old .
Good Lovin;' was a hit around the time the Warlocks formed . Lovelight was not some ancient blues song, but from 61 . Of course time, in that period went a lot faster ! There is eons of difference in music between 61 and 66. These days it takes decades for the amount of change that transpires say in 65-67 ! It is funny, Sha Na Na was at Woodstock performing songs that were viewed as nostalgic in 69, that were, in some cases less than a decade old . Oh, yes "Happy Days" was that fake 70's idea of the 50's . Don't get me started !